Nature interest begins:
Farm girl born 1963 in rural Wisconsin.
Youth Conservation Corps 1981 summer working living in camp barracks along Mecan River near Neshkoro, WI.
Girl Scouts 1983: Arts and Crafts counselor for a Camp Singing Hills near Elkhorn WI as living in platform tent along Green Lake.
Urban interest begin:
Minneapolis College of Art & Design 1982-1983
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 1983-Jan 1985
Nature/Urban: Summer 1984
Milwaukee is beloved to me due to summer work as a fishing tollbooth operator. This was the gate into McKinley Marina along Lake Michigan. (Milwaukee Parks System)
Suburbs and human/wellness:
Near north suburbs of Chicago 1984 as a live-in nanny for a 3 yr old girl. This spurred interests to health conditions, care, and bridging communication due to her challenges within severe cerebral palsy.
Suburbs and beyond within design:
Near north suburbs as a drafter at electrical engineering firm which wound me around through other drafting positions in towns and villages around Wisconsin.
Design as rural dweller:
Certified Kitchen Designer as a Wisconsin rural dweller again since 1992, self employment as "Cozy Kitchens" 1997-2004.
Arts & writing: Recently become a nature explorer and as photographing in my own nature surround as well as working with various art forms and writing of various types.
My favored photographic subject is the white tail deer as nature's creature of "sentience" as well as the challenge of capturing fireflies-bioluminous by nature's design.
My interests in biophila, biophilic urban design, and eco-psycholgy
What is biophilia?
Basically this speaks about "sentience" which is an awareness within the animal kingdom.
What is biophilic urban design?
This is a movement of cities melding nature into city atmosphere.
What is eco-psychology?
Eco-psychology studies cross many areas within interest to human psychology, behavior, and as these interrelate within many aspects of nature and environmental issues. This touches toward thought and application to wellness and as I see the health care system gravitating toward such "enlightenment."
Note: Bioluminescence is a light source among nature's creatures which is being studied toward human applications. I find this fascinating with interest toward both exterior and interior design.
Biophilia as posed by E. O. Wilson:
An entire spring through fall of 2013 photographing outdoors among nature fueled my interest to the biophilia theory which is a term first coined by E.O. Wilson. This is discussed within the book entitled "The Biophilia Hypothesis" by E.O. Wilson and Stephen R. Kellert.
Interest in Biophilia led me to the book : "Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World" by Stephen R Kellert.
I was most transfixed by a sole passage titled "Future Interlude." This offers a rich and promising vision of melding nature into urban applications. Although possibly as bit idealistic the vision is incredibly detailed for urban man to thrive with nature melded into city atmospheres.
Dr. Stephen R. Kellert is a former Professor in Yale's University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with focus on the connection between nature, humanity, and the human need for nature, and environmental conservation. In interest to sustainable design and development, I believe he now works as a consultant toward Biophilic Urban Design with focus toward application in the cultural areas of various cities.
Biophilic Urban Design
With a background as a designer in the building industry 20+ years, my interests furthered to Biophilic Urban Design. One city in my state of Wisconsin which is employing Biophilic Urban Design is Milwaukee. This city is beloved to me not only because I'd attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, but mostly due to a summer job as a fishing tollbooth operator. This was at the gates of McKinley Marina along Lake Michigan and within the Milwaukee Parks System.
These interests led my interests further toward the field of study known as Eco-psychology. This was first via the intriguing manuscripts and book passages by Professor Peter H. Kahn Jr. of UW Seattle.